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Facebook Prepares for Europe's General Data Protection Regulation With 'New Privacy Experiences'

Facebook this week shared a blog post explaining “new privacy experiences” that will be available on the social network, in compliance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), coming into effect on May 25. Facebook originally detailed part of its plan for GDPR-related privacy features back in January, and is now following through …

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Facebook Details Several Privacy Changes Coming in the Wake of Cambridge Analytica Scandal

Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Shroepfer today wrote a blog post outlining several changes that are being made to Facebook APIs to limit the amount of data apps can collect from Facebook users. Changes are being made to the Events, Groups, and Pages API to cut down on what apps can see. With the Events …

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Tim Cook on What He Would Do in Mark Zuckerberg's Shoes: 'I Wouldn't Be in This Situation'

“I wouldn’t be in this situation” Apple CEO Tim Cook told Recode’s Kara Swisher in an interview where he was asked what he would do right now if he was Mark Zuckerberg. Cook went on to say that Facebook should have self regulated to prevent the massive data collection scandal it’s now embroiled in, but …

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Facebook Details Revamped Privacy Tools to Put Users 'More in Control' of Their Data

Following revelations that emerged last week about Facebook’s misuse of user data, the company today said it has “heard loud and clear” that it needs to make it easier for users to know how to control their own privacy settings and data. These updates to Facebook mobile and on the web “have been in the …

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Facebook to Delay Smart Speaker Unveiling Amid User Data Scandal

Facebook has chosen not to unveil its latest smart connected devices at the company’s F8 developer conference in May, in part because of the ongoing data-privacy scandal that has engulfed the social network, according to people familiar with the matter. Bloomberg reports that Facebook’s new home products, which include a video-capable smart speaker featuring the …

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Facebook Doubling Down on Stories Format By Testing Ability to Post From Desktop

Facebook is testing a feature that will let users post stories on Mac and PC, in an effort to further make the ephemeral sharing feature stick on the platform. Once the test rolls out wide, Facebook users will be able to click an “Upload Photo” button to share pictures and videos to their story, or …

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Facebook Expands Captcha Test That Asks for Clear Photo of Your Face When Suspicious Activity is Spotted

Facebook users are beginning to notice a new account verification test on mobile devices that asks for them to upload a clear photo of their face, which will then be used to confirm that they are a real person, similar to other basic captcha tests that prove human users are not a bot. The selfie …

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Facebook Rebrands Standalone 'Events' iOS App as 'Facebook Local'

One year after launching the standalone “Events” app for iOS and Android devices, Facebook today announced a rebranding and relaunch of the app that will also bring bars, restaurants, and nearby attractions to your attention. Now called “Local from Facebook,” or simply “Facebook Local,” the app combines your Facebook events with nearby hotspots into a …

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Facebook Expands Apartment Rental Category in Marketplace With 'Hundreds of Thousands' of Listings

Just over one year after Facebook replaced the Messenger tab in its iOS app with “Marketplace,” the company today announced that the tab will now support an expanded section for listings related to house and apartment rentals. United States users looking to rent will be able to browse “hundreds of thousands” of listings in Marketplace …

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You Can Now Pay Friends Through Facebook Messenger Using PayPal

Last year, PayPal launched within Facebook Messenger as a way for users to shop and complete payments directly through the messaging app. Today, the two companies are expanding the focus of this feature and opening up peer-to-peer payments for Facebook Messenger users who have linked their PayPal account to the app. With a rollout starting …

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You Can Now Order Food From Papa John's, Five Guys, and More Within Facebook on iOS

Facebook today announced that you can now order food directly from within the Facebook app on iOS. Alex Himel, Facebook’s vice president of local, explained that food ordering and delivery has “gotten complicated” within other apps and services, so the company aims to streamline that process by adding it to Facebook. Like other newly added …

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